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Marcus

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Nolo's Crash Course in Small Business Basics: How to Run a Business from Opening Day to Tax Day!

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Stim, Lisa Guerin
    • Narrated By Richard Stim
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Nolo's Crash Course in Small Business Basics gives you the information you need to get a business launched quickly and running smoothly. From effective marketing & advertising to the nitty-gritty of business finance to practical matters that affect the daily bottom line, this five-disc series covers all of the essentials.

    Marcus says: ""Crash course" is accurate... this one is dense"
    ""Crash course" is accurate... this one is dense"
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    Very useful tactical information for forming and operating a startup business. I normally listen to most books at 2-3x speed, but since there is so much info in this one I couldn't quite absorb it all at the highest speed. Granted, it doesn't cover everything that you need to know, but it went deeper than I expected in several areas, and it contained a lot of useful info (mostly in the finance/tax sections) that I didn't run across yet in other startup books. The only annoying thing about this audio book is the audio production. They added different sound effects, and a second "narrator" to introduce sections or pose setup questions. The primary narrator (who is one of the authors) did a very good job, and these added embellishments felt out of place and amateurish. Hence the 3-star rating for the "performance".

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Big Picture MBA: What Every Business School Graduate Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Navarro
    • Narrated By Peter Navarro
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    The focus is on the major courses taught in the core curriculum at any one of the top 50 business schools in the United States. We begin with an overview of the MBA core curriculum then proceed systematically through each of the major courses taught at America's top business schools - from accounting, finance, and marketing to economics, organizational behavior, and strategy.

    Marcus says: "Decent, but audio editor was apparently asleep"
    "Decent, but audio editor was apparently asleep"
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    Definitely geared towards people considering entering an MBA program (since there is a decent amount of info about the application and admission process), and not quite as great for people who want a sampling or refresher of MBA material. I believe that there are other books better suited for that.

    One really annoying thing while listening was the number of audio editing issues. There were many occasions where the narrator made a mistake and then repeated his whole sentence assuming it would be corrected during audio editing, but they never were. Apparently no one proof-listened to this production before releasing it. That kind of carelessness is hard to believe (especially for an audio book that retails for $40!). If you can ignore it, then it doesn't really affect the material. I definitely found it annoying and embarrassing though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Private History of a Campaign That Failed

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Henry Cumpton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Only Mark Twain, with his wry humor, would weigh in on a military campaign's failure and delight his listeners with a different take on the evils of war and the damage it can cause.

    Ann says: "I like this story!"
    "Short, but densely packed dose of Twain's Humor"
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    After listening to Twain's more well-known books recently, this one was a little different. It's fairly short, but packed with his style of humor, and likely some of his political views of the time come through as well. It was very enjoyable and laugh-out-loud funny at times too. The performance is decent too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Religious Knowledge: What You Need to Know

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Deaver Brown
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Religion and America in the 17th century through today, with 139 things to learn and more!

    Marcus says: "Not bad for an overview of comparative religion"
    "Not bad for an overview of comparative religion"
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    I have listened to many of Deaver Brown's other audio books about startups and entrepreneurship, so I was a little surprised to see him branching out to topics like religion. I generally like the conversational style that he uses for most of his audio books, instead of reading word-for-word from an actual book. Since this one was only $1.95, I figured I would give it a shot... at least it might be entertaining. I was pleasantly surprised that he didn't have an obvious bias when presenting the material. It is definitely a very brief summary of a wide variety of religions, but I found it to be a useful high-level refresher. It has been 20 years since I took a formal comparative religion class, so I can't really vouch for the accuracy of the material. Nothing was obviously wrong to me, but that might not be saying much since I'm not a religious expert. Anyway, if you like Deaver Brown's style, you may enjoy this book like I did. If you're primarily looking for a good book about comparative religions, I would probably recommend finding another more in-depth book or possibly some other reputable online resources.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Business Start-Up Success Made Simple

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Every year 2,000,000 men and women start a business – and so can you! Brian Tracy, one of the top business teachers, trainers and authors in the world today, shows you how, starting with little or nothing…. You Can Achieve Financial Independence! These lectures have also been included in Business Success Made Simple by Brian Tracy. Plus: PDF Workbook with Notes and Application Exercises for each lesson! On page 1 of the workbook PDF, click the link to receive over $100 worth of bonus materials.

    Marcus says: "Good overall advice; some dated, and some obvious"
    "Good overall advice; some dated, and some obvious"
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    What made the experience of listening to Business Start-Up Success Made Simple the most enjoyable?

    Good advice on several different areas for starting and running a business from someone who has quite a bit of first-hand experience.


    What three words best describe Brian Tracy’s voice?

    Sedate, moist, and ??? The narration can put you to sleep or annoy you (make sure you listen to the sample before deciding to buy the book), since he has a pretty sedate speaking style, and it sounds like he has too much saliva in his mouth while narrating. The only way I could tolerate it without being distracted was to listen at a pretty high speed (2-3x setting on Android), which solved both concerns for me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The chapter on sales techniques was particularly useful and interesting to me. That seems to be one of his clear areas of strength from many years of direct experience. He presents a number of techniques for handling a pretty wide variety of sales situations.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I recommend the book for anyone considering starting a company, and even for those who are already working in an established company, since some of the advice is not only for start-ups. I felt that some of the advice seems a little "old-school" and also contradicts some guidance from other more modern start-up audio book authors that I recently experienced.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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